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Kente cloth a fashion statement at Howard University’s commencement ceremonies

Howard Univ Commencement 2013 Joi Pearson Photography -312

Kente cloth originated with the Ashanti kingdom, and was adopted by people in Ivory Coast and many other West African counties. It is an Akan royal and sacred cloth worn only in times of extreme importance and was the cloth of kings. Color symbolism within the Akan culture affects the aesthetics of kente. Colors are chosen for both their visual effect and their symbolic meanings.